Being a photographer myself, I always notice other photographers shots that catch my eye. A few years ago whilst visiting one of my favourite galleries, the San Francisco Art Exchange on Geary St in San Francisco, I couldn't take my eyes off of this photograph. Whilst admiring this masterpiece on the walls of the gallery, the photographer, Steve Somerstein approached me, introduced himself and we proceeded to have a chat about this amazing photo he shot back in 1965.
Today being Dr Martin Luther Kings birthday, I wanted to share this with you in honour of Dr King and the photographer, Stephen Somerstein, who captured this important and very charged time in our history. It's shot from behind Dr King as he is addressing a crowd on the steps of Alabama State Capitol. It's as if the photographer captured the crowds' moment with MLK for us, the viewer of the photo to feel. Made more interesting as the back of Dr King is not in focus but the crowd that came to see him is. I feel what that speech may have felt like to be there to witness. It takes place at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery AL march for voting rights, on March 25, 1965. The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (seen in the background) is where Dr King started as a minister in 1954.
Dr Martin Luther King was an American Baptist minister and activist, one of the most prominent leaders in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Honouring Dr Martin Luther Kings' day of his birth. Remembering him as one of the most important Americans that have ever lived. And thanks to photographer, Stephen Somerstein for capturing this moment in time. ...The Music Soup